AOL Faces Class Action Over Search Data Release

Law360, New York (September 22, 2011, 3:05 PM ET) -- AOL Inc. was hit with a putative class action Wednesday in Virginia federal court alleging the Internet service provider violated privacy and consumer protection laws in 2006 when it published the search data of more than 650,000 members and users.

Named plaintiff and AOL member Sandra Landwehr said in her complaint that the search data posted on the company's website included highly personal search information that could be used to identify the AOL users who made the queries, even though no usernames were attached to the...
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